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This Week’s Top Soccer Parlay – Accumulator Odds of 23.49

| January 8, 2020 9:45 pm PDT
European Soccer Parlay

Time for another European soccer parlay bet. There is still a winter break in Germany, so there is no Bundesliga selection once again this week. Spain’s La Liga is also taking the week off as the top sides start their Copa del Rey campaigns. That means that I’ll be taking an extra game from the English Premier League and Italy’s Serie A to make up the five legs of my parlay bet.

All the odds in my best soccer accumulator for the January 10-12 games came from Betway.

Sheffield United to Beat West Ham – 1.83

The acca kicks off on Friday night as Sheffield United welcomes West Ham to Bramall Lane in the English Premier League. The home side has been one of the revelations of the season, having come up from the Championship last year and predicted by many to go straight back down again.

But Blades boss Chris Wilder has his team playing an exciting and adaptive style of soccer that has confused many of the sides it has faced this season. It is by far the best of the promoted teams and is only a few points off a European place at the moment. There have been back-to-back defeats recently, but as they were away games at Manchester City and Liverpool, I’m not going to take much notice of that.

West Ham has been frustrating once again for its supporters, who have now welcomed David Moyes as the new head coach after the sacking of Manuel Pellegrini. Two wins in 12 games ushered the Chilean out of the door at the London Stadium, and now Moyes must get what could be a good squad of players to perform.

Things started off brightly last week as the Hammers thrashed Bournemouth 4-0, but Sheffield United is a different prospect altogether.

I do actually think that Moyes will be able to get his team playing some good soccer this season and that West Ham will pull away from the lower reaches of the table. But I have been very impressed with Sheffield United and feel that the points will be taken by the home side here.

Cagliari to Beat Milan – 2.90

If Sheffield United has been a standout performer in England, then Cagliari could be seen as its Italian equivalent. I’ve used the Sardinian club before in these weekly accumulator bets, as there is usually good value to be found for Rolando Maran’s side winning. It’s the case again this week as Betway is offering 2.90 for the Rossoblu to beat a dispirited and disjointed Milan team.

There is the poor run of form that Cagliari has experienced to take into consideration, winless in its last four Serie A fixtures, but I think this is a perfect opportunity for this team to get its season going again. It is still in sixth position in the league after managing to get as high as fourth before Christmas. There have been very good results against Atalanta and Roma, and although the home form has not been quite as dominant as previous seasons, the overall performance has been remarkable.

Milan, much like West Ham, has not enjoyed the 2019/20 season so far. The return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic was warmly welcomed by the fans, but there will need to be a lot of work done if this campaign is going to be memorable at all.

The Rossoneri has won just two games at the San Siro all season and has scored just 16 goals in 18 Serie A games. Marco Giampaolo was sacked at the beginning of October, and Stefano Pioli has hardly improved things at the club.

If Cagliari can regain some of its form from earlier in the season, then this should actually be a fairly straightforward victory. There is the Zlatan effect to consider, but I think it will take a few more weeks for that to really add to Milan’s game.

It needs players like Paquet and Piatek to get somewhere close to the level of soccer they were playing last season if Milan is to climb the league. I don’t think that can happen quickly enough to trouble Cagliari on Saturday.

Leicester City to Beat Southampton – 1.57

When Leicester sensationally won the Premier League back in 2016, some lucky bettors famously cashed in on pre-season odds of 5000-1. The bookmakers have not been anywhere near as extravagant since then, but the price for a repeat of that title win for Leicester will still have been fairly high at the beginning of this season.

The fact that the Foxes currently sit second in the table will be exciting for anyone who took an each way bet in August.

Brendan Rodgers has his Leicester team playing some of the best soccer in the Premier League, and in Jamie Vardy, he has a proven goal scorer who is enjoying another top season. Leicester came unstuck against both Manchester City and Liverpool before Christmas but will be confident of finishing in the top four again. A home game against Southampton would seem like a perfect opportunity to add more points to that cause.

But the Saints are enjoying a much-needed revival of their own. Up until the end of November, Southampton had won just two Premier League games, and many pundits were wondering just what head coach Ralph Hasenhüttl had to do to lose his job.

But the club owners kept faith in the Austrian manager and are reaping the rewards now.

Southampton is unbeaten in four games (five if you count the FA Cup) and has started climbing the table. It does look as though, against all the odds, the Saints will stay up this season. But this is a tough game for Southampton, and even if Jamie Vardy is still missing, Leicester should take this one.

Udinese to Beat Sassuolo – 2.25

My second Serie A selection this week is a fixture between two of the less well-known clubs outside Italy. Udinese has been a top-flight regular for quite a while now, but Sassuolo is a small — some would say overachieving — club that only came up in 2013.

After finishing in 11th position last season, Sassuolo has found this campaign a little harder, although it has not fallen down into the relegation zone in Serie A. The year started off badly, though, with a 2-1 defeat at bottom-of-the-table Genoa. Genoa has looked woeful this season, so that defeat does not bode well for the Neraverdi.

Victories have been few and far between for Sassuolo, and the away form has been particularly poor.

Udinese has hardly enjoyed a stellar campaign itself. The Zebrette sit just one place above Sassuolo in 13th, but there is a feeling that this season is starting to kick into gear. There have been back-to-back wins bridging the winter break, and Udinese looks more able to drag itself away from the bottom of the league than some of its immediate rivals.

Scoring goals has been a major concern for the home side here, with just 14 all season. Only bottom-of-the-table SPAL has scored fewer. But Udinese has managed to find the net in each of the last four games, and the sacking of Igor Tudor in November definitely had the stated effect, with interim manager Luca Gotti getting his team to play much better since then.

This may not be the most exciting game of the weekend, but a home win should be the outcome.

Paris Saint-Germain to Beat Monaco – 1.25

With the Cagliari price bumping up the combined odds for this bet, I’ve been able to make as close to a sure-fire selection as there can be in Ligue 1. Paris Saint-Germain is far and away the best team in France and is on course to win its third consecutive league title. The club has utterly dominated French soccer over the past ten years or so and can usually afford to lose a few league games a season and still win Ligue 1 by a huge margin.

Monaco has traditionally been one of the better clubs in France but has struggled over the last few years. There was relegation to the second tier as recently as 2011, and although the club came back thanks to an exciting young team, those players have now moved on (some to PSG), and it only just escaped the drop last season. There were some interesting signings in the summer, but this campaign started poorly once again, with no wins in the first six games.

Monaco had actually improved towards the end of 2019 but still sacked Leonardo Jardim in December, so it will be new manager Roberto Moreno who takes over for this first game of the new year in Paris. The club had risen to seventh in the league, but this new appointment may take a while to take hold, and an away game at the Parc des Princes is never a good time to try new things.

PSG has lost three Ligue 1 games already this season, and that is actually quite a lot for this stage of the campaign. One of those defeats even came at home against Reims, but this team of international stars should have no trouble picking up three more points against Monaco. It will even have an immediate chance to add another three with the return fixture in Monaco scheduled for Wednesday night.

This Week’s Parlay Bet Odds

Accumulator Odds 23.49

I’ve used some higher combined accumulator odds this season, but 23.49 is still fairly attractive given the games I have chosen for this week’s bet. All these selections are backing home sides to be victorious, and although nothing is guaranteed, obviously, I am confident that we could have a winner this week.

I’ll be back next week to see how this wager goes and to make another European soccer accumulator selection with the return of La Liga and the Bundesliga adding a little more variety.

Dan Roberts

Dan Roberts is an experienced freelance writer specialising in sports and sports betting. He is particularly knowledgeable about world soccer, but also writes about football, basketball and cricket.

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